Samstag, 24. Januar 2015

Aaron Goldberg - The Now

Through numerous releases Aaron Goldberg has gained the reputation of a top class jazz pianist and his brand new album is definitely living up to the expectations. "The Now" features a classic trio line-up with Goldberg being accompanied by his long time companions Reuben Rogers on bass and Eric Harland on drums.

The music on this record is simply beautiful constructed; finding a nice balance between song-like structures and on point improvisations. And this is what this album is about: capturing a certain moment in time, the now. Goldberg's jazz approach creates a new mood and character each time a song is played depending on how and when it is performed. But as much as this album might be called a  musical snapshot in time it is also a timeless brand of jazz that moves through different vibes and rhythms; presented by a group of playing with a great sense for harmony and momentum.

Stream three track on Sunnyside Records' Bandcamp.

Freitag, 23. Januar 2015

Memory Man - Broadcast One

Though you could already listen to a lot of Memory Man's works on his Bandcamp he has just recently dropped his debut record "Broadcast One" on Chopped Herring Records - and it's a huge one.

The DJ from Texas features some incredible MC's on this album like Edan, Prince Po, Kool Keith, Mr. Lif, Busdriver or Open Mike Eagle. This concept hip hop record was seven years in the making and a few beats and rhymes in it you will know that it was worth it - bringing together old school rap vibes in a modern outfit.

Here's a preview on Soundcloud that will get you right in the mood for this piece of contemporary rap history.

Donnerstag, 22. Januar 2015

Hey Mister! - Rocket Summer

There hasn't been a lot of punk rock going on in this blog but I just have to share this one with one. Hey Mister! is a three piece rock band from Toronto that released their recent album a few months ago.

Think of all the aspects you like in a positive punk record and you will find it in "Rocket Summer". The Riffs, the speed, the vocals - it's all there. The danger of creating song structures that sound predictable is eliminated by the fact that almost every track ends before the two minutes mark. Thus on a total of 14 songs this album will stay with you just a bit over 20 minutes, but since we're talking about very entertaining 20 minutes I bet that you couldn't care less; just keep hitting the repeat button. 

Get the full stream and free download on Bandcamp.

Montag, 19. Januar 2015

Jake Xerxes Fussell selftitled Debut

Just a few notes in Jake Xerxes Fussell's preview track off his upcoming album and you can already tell that you're listening to something special. Who would've thought that the way how he is picking the strings of his guitar and his singing in "Star Girl" might ever sound so refreshing? On the one hand this is due to boring trends in country and folk music. On the other hand it is due to some incredible talent. We're talking about a traditional folk approach that is deeply rooted in the North Carolina territory and what could easily become one of the finest things you might have heard in this genre in a while.

Fussell's debut album will be released on Paradise of Bachelors in about one week. The two tracks that you can listen to on Soundcloud will make you look forward to the full length record.

Sonntag, 18. Januar 2015

Paranom - 777 EP

It's been a while since Paranom collaborated with Purpose for "Life Outside The Frame" which appeared a few years back on Ill Adrenaline Records. Now he is back with a new EP featuring 9 tracks and producer al.divino.

There should be no questions about Paranoms skills as a rapper and on this record he displays his favour for laid back vibes for another time. His flow blends perfectly in the well produced beats and creates a nice atmosphere especially on the standout track "Muse Of Creation". Look out for more tracks off this project that are apparently underway.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.